John Deere’s new HPX Diesel 4x4 Gator utility vehicle has
won 4x4 Magazine’s Pick-up of the Year 2007 Award
for Best ATV.
John Deere HPX Diesel 4x4 Gator
Organised annually by Britain’s best-selling 4x4 magazine,
the award was based on a week’s test drive in the challenging
environment of a Welsh forest in Bala, Snowdonia. The HPX Gator
was the only one of the four commercial utility vehicles tested
to be given a five-star review by the magazine’s experienced
The judges’ verdict concluded: “The Gator’s
detailing and hydroformed steel frame put it out in front of the
sector. High build quality, ease of use and a reassuring stability
off-road count for a lot; put to the test on off-road terrain,
the actual operating experience enabled us to determine the subtle
nuances between a good working vehicle and a truly top-class machine.
The finished article more than matched the professional image.”
The new HPX 4x4 Gator is ruggedly designed for a range of transporting
and general materials handling duties in any environment, but is
especially suitable for farming, rough terrain, heavy duty haulage
and commercial applications.
Powered by a 20hp Tier 2 diesel engine, this two-seater vehicle
is now available with true on-demand four wheel drive. A simple
dash-mounted electronic rocker switch controls an auto-locking
front differential for extra traction when needed in challenging
conditions, or to maintain two wheel drive for lighter turf operations,
Additional standard features include improved all wheel suspension
and steering, front and rear hydraulic disc brakes, rear diff lock,
two speed high-low continuously variable transmission and an integrated
four post ROPS canopy, which can be fitted up to a full deluxe
glass cab if required.
The vehicle is based on a heavy duty hydroformed steel frame for
increased durability, and is capable of travelling at speeds of
up to 25mph. It also features a 409kg steel cargo box, a payload/towing
capacity of 590kg and a 12V DC outlet.
Optional attachments for the HPX Gator include a wide range of
tyres, a road homologation kit, rear hitch, utility trailer, front
and rear blades and a winch. An optional heavy-duty front suspension
kit is also available for use with the full cab and/or front blade
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